British Open sends the wrong Tommy Fleetwood large sum of prize money

The real Tommy Fleetwood prepares for the PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club after his Open Championship

European Tour pays wrong Tommy Fleetwood £120,000 Open winnings

If you follow golf at all you might recognize the name; British pro Tommy Fleetwood is now ranked 11th in the world and is a trendy pick for this weekend's PGA Championship at Bellerive in St. Louis.

Imagine checking your bank account and seeing an extra thousand dollars or so mysteriously deposited overnight.

The mix-up was revealed by the American Fleetwood's friend Greg Thorner, a teaching pro from Tampa, who said: 'I was with him when he looked at his statement and shouted: 'Holy smoke, I've just had $154,000 paid into my account'.

Fleetwood returned the money and it went to the British Open finisher.

Instead of paying the world's No 11-ranked golfer for his 12th-equal finish at Carnoustie, US$154,480 (NZ$230,000) was direct-credited to American club pro Tommy Fleetwood, a past player on the European Tour, the Telegraph reported.

This being said, he might want to give the relevant PGA offices a ring to check if they've got his proper bank details ahead of the next tournament!

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"It looks pretty genuine and they (the European Tour) are looking into it and I'm sure they'll feel pretty bad about it".

United Kingdom golfer Fleetwood has won a cool $9 million in prize money in the past two years - meaning he may have been forgiven for not noticing the oversight immediately. That's when I realised it must be the other Tommy Fleetwood.

It may have been easy to miss for the more accomplished Fleetwood, whose career earnings are listed at $20.32 million on the European Tour's website.

'I wouldn't even know if I'd been paid or not because I don't really look.

"I tried to get on their senior tour, so they have my (bank) information", he said.

It took me about an hour to get that sorted out, and I have plenty more stories like that.

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